On one side are the “conservatives” who rallied behind Zimmerman and defended him from attacks that he might have racial biases. On the other are “liberals” who seek justice for Martin a young black man whose killer, until yesterday, remained free.
The dialogue shift from justice for Trayvon toward a conversation about race and the “threatening” nature of black males made its way to right wing sites and in the writings of contributors to the National Review website. In screeds about race relations in America, these older white conservative gentlemen exposed themselves as men whose viewpoints reflect certain racial prejudices.
A National Review online contributor, John Derbyshire recently wrote a ridiculously offensive column (for the little-known Taki magazine) where he explained the advice he gave to his own children entitled, “The Talk: The Nonblack Version.” He claimed it was a response to the idea that black parents have conversations with their children about confrontations with police and perceived suspicions by whites about their criminality.
Derbyshire wrote, “[t]here is a talk that non-black Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen.” He then went into a list of extremely offensive statements and generalizations about the criminality of black people.
For example, Derbyshire wrote he teaches his kids to, “Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to [them] personally, to stay out of heavily black neighborhoods, to not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks, and to not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.”
Derbyshire also teaches his children to “not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians,” which is amusing considering that America’s current commander and chief is black.
Derbyshire has subsequently been fired by the National Review. Also, Robert Weissberg, another online contributor for the magazine, was fired this week for speeches he has made about the future of white nationalism.
Apparently, the National Review thinks they might have a race problem and is cleaning house. But the recent firings don’t really get to the heart of the matter.